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A descendent of the iconic 1973 Carrera 2.7 RS, the 996 GT3 introduced in 1999 continued the Porsche tradition of producing lightweight and performance-oriented 911s that were just as at home on the track as the road. Developed to homologate the 911 GT3 R and RSR race cars for international competition, Porschephiles residing in North America had an agonizing wait until the 2004 and 2005 model years to purchase one of the 1,018 Porsche 996 GT3s exported to those markets.
This 996 GT3 is equipped with a 380 hp Mezger 3.6-liter flat-six engine that delivers power to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. Believed to be one of just 96 examples finished in vibrant Speed Yellow for the 2004 model year, this GT3 is contrasted on the inside by a black leather interior and sports a number of additional extra-cost features including Porsche ceramic composite brakes, automatic climate control, Litronic headlights, a thicker steering wheel, and Speed Yellow colored center console and seat belts.
Accompanied by books and tools, this GT3 has been driven less than 750 miles since delivery and presents in commensurately exemplary condition throughout. When introduced, the first-generation GT3 was underappreciated and many forget what a groundbreaking vehicle it really was. For today’s collector, the sale of this particular GT3 offers an almost unrepeatable opportunity.